Mission No. Eleven – September 8, 1944
Target: Ludwigshaven – Synthetic Oil & Chemical Plant
Bomb Load: 6-1000# G.P.
Gas Load: 2700 gallons
Plane: R4890 – Queen O’Hearts
Position: #3, #1 Element, Lead Sqdn., 41st “A” Gp.
T.O.: 0753 Land: 1513 Time: 7 hours, 20 minutes
Left Base: 0857 @ 14000′
Bombs Away: 1152; 27300′; -40 degrees C.
Distance: 1192 SM
Remarks: Long flight. Mostly over occupied territory. On oxygen for six hours. First real cold mission. We all had trouble keeping warm. Had trouble getting thru clouds on way in. Intense flak over target. Number of small holes but no serious damage. Group lost five planes. More trouble with clouds on way back. Saw parts of Paris and Eiffel Tower thru break in clouds.
[This was the 379th Bomb Group’s 199th mission.]